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Dubbo another AED closer to being a ‘Heart Safe City’

Australian Red Cross First Aid Trainer George Chapman with President of Rotary Club West Dubbo Nicole Shanks, and the club’s Secretary Lyn Smith, and the new Automated External Defibrillator installed at Ted’s Milk Bar in West Dubbo. Photo: Dubbo Photo News Australian Red Cross First Aid Trainer George Chapman with President of Rotary Club West Dubbo Nicole Shanks, and the club’s Secretary Lyn Smith, and the new Automated External Defibrillator installed at Ted’s Milk Bar in West Dubbo. Photo: Dubbo Photo News

Dubbo now has another Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installed, thanks to an ongoing push by George Chapman, the local Trainer/Assessor with Australian Red Cross.

Making AEDs readily available increases the chances of survival when someone suffers cardiac arrest.

According to the Australian Red Cross, more than 30,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest every year, of which only 5 per cent survive.

“Immediate access to a defibrillator can lead to a 70 per cent survival rate if applied quickly,” the organisation said.

“An AED should be applied to an unconscious person as soon as possible – for every minute the shock is delayed, there can be a 10 per cent reduction in survival.”

The AED device analyses the heart rhythm of an unconscious person and delivers an electrical shock in an attempt to restore a normal rhythm, the Red Cross explained.

“The AED can be delivered to a person by anyone, not only first aiders. Don’t worry, an AED won’t deliver a shock unless necessary,” they added.

Dubbo’s latest AED was delivered on Friday, April 20, to Ted’s Milk Bar on Victoria Street in West Dubbo. The AED was kindly donated by the Rotary Club of West Dubbo.

The next AED is to be installed at Tile Power on Cobborah Rd.

The installation of an AED at most of the suburban shopping areas of Dubbo will mean the city is considered “Heart Safe”, Mr Chapman told Dubbo Photo News.

He still needs at least another 12 AEDs to do Talbragar Street and then Macquarie Street. The Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie is currently running an appeal to help raise the funds needed.